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    Dominic Ongwen, one of the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leaders, will appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday to face charges, the court said in a statement.

    ICC to Start War Crime Trial of Ugandan Rebel Commander

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    A Lord's Resistance Army leader is charged with four war crimes and three crimes against humanity, including allegations of murder and enslavement committed in 2004 in Uganda.

    MOSCOW, January 26 (Sputnik) — Dominic Ongwen, one of the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leaders, will appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday to face charges, the court said in a statement.

    Ongwen is charged with four war crimes and three crimes against humanity, including allegations of murder and enslavement committed in 2004 in Uganda.

    "During the initial appearance hearing, the single Judge will verify the identity of the suspect and the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings. He will be informed of the charges against him," the ICC statement read.

    The first hearing of Dominic Ongwen's case is scheduled for 14:00 (13:00 GMT) Monday.

    Ongwen is the first LRA commander to be tried in the ICC. He was arrested after surrendering in the Central African Republic (CAR) last month.

    The Lord's Resistance Army is an extremist Christian rebel group founded in 1980s in northern Uganda. The organization later expanded its activity to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the CAR. The group is known for its human rights atrocities, including abduction, recruiting children and sex slavery.

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    human rights violations, extremism, war crimes, trial, crimes against humanity, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), International Criminal Court (ICC), Dominic Ongwen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda, South Sudan
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